In the Merry Month of May!

What a busy month May turned out to be!

First up, on the last weekend in April, Cologne Concert Brass took part in the Landesmusikfest in Schmallenberg – a town I am very familiar with having conducted Mid Sussex Brass there a few times! We used this as a tryout for both of our test pieces for the German Championships and were pleased with the rating of “Outstanding” and 97.5 points for our performances!

Then, it was 2 concert performances with the combined Bayer Symphoniker, The Dusseldorf Philharmonic Society and a choir of 250 plus in a programme that featured Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In addition to our normal venue in the Krefeld , we also performed in the wonderful Ton Halle in Dusseldorf.

This was a super gig to finish my time with the Orchestra – our Conductor, Thomas Schlerka, was interviewed by Radio KuFa along with audience members after the concert in Krefeld. Click

here
to listen to this.
The full programme for these 2 events was:

Ernst Boehe – Tragische Overture

Mahler – Adagietto from Symphony No 5.

Beethoven 9 in the Mahler arrangement.

Then it was on to the German Brass Band Championships, held in the beautiful Bavarian town of Bad Kissingen. This event follows the typical European format with bands playing both a set work (Gilbert Vinter’s “Spectrum”) and an own choice work. We chose to play “Of Distant Memories” by Edward Gregson. Sadly, our performances didn’t find favour with the judges but for me, the chance to play such a piece was a highlight of my time with Cologne Concert Brass. Whilst I am relocating to the UK, I still plan to play with this fine band whenever I can. Here’s our performance of the Gregson:

The quality of the video production at this event is something UK band content organisers could learn a lot from!

It’s also a great location for a band picture of course:

 

The month finished with a more traditional band concert as part of the Tag der Blasmusik in Weseling-Urfeld.

This month has also seen me extremely busy in my new role as Chair of the Sussex Symphony Orchestra – a position I also held prior to my move to Germany. More on this in future blogs!

I somehow doubt that June will be quite as busy though – but you never know!